At Inasmuch House – a shelter for women and families fleeing abuse and experiencing homelessness – we talk a lot about housing.
The gentrification of Hamilton, increasing rental prices and disappearing rental spaces, and the too-long waiting list for subsidized housing. The strain that this lack of housing puts on women and families fleeing violence often isn’t recognized outside the shelter walls – that women and families are forced to stay in, or return to, unsafe situations; that folks spend months (sometimes a year) in emergency spaces, raising children in one-room dorms. We wanted the stories, voices, ideas of the residents here at Inasmuch to be heard – and so we started collecting them together into a zine. After lots of discussion, art-based workshops, and brainstorming ideas, we created Let’s Talk About Housing: Stories, Strategies, and Solutions from Shelter Residents.
We’re really excited to be debuting this zine at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair – come pick up a free copy from us, and hear the stories of the women staying at Inasmuch House.